|Formerly||NBC Universal Television Distribution (September 13, 2004-February 28, 2021)|
Universal Domestic Television
Universal Television Distribution
Universal Pictures Visual Programming (formerly PolyGram Visual Programming)
Studios USA Television Distribution
Manhattan, New York City, New York
Universal City, California
|Frances Manfredi (President, US & Canada, 2015)|
|Parent||NBCUniversal Television and Streaming|
NBCUniversal Syndication Studios, formerly known as NBCUniversal Television Distribution, is the television syndication and production arm of the NBCUniversal Television and Streaming division of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast, in the United States. Its predecessors include NBC Enterprises, Universal Domestic Television, Universal Television Distribution, MCA TV, Multimedia Entertainment (including Avco Program Sales), PolyGram Television, Studios USA Television Distribution and Sky Vision. At some point in its history, it was also known as "NBCUniversal Television & New Media Distribution" and "NBC Universal Television and New Media Distribution." This unit is possibly the parent for the similarly named "NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution" unit.
The company distributes television series produced by NBC (after 1973), Universal Television, Multimedia Entertainment, Studios USA, Revue Studios, PolyGram Television, Universal Media Studios and G4 Media, LLC. The division distributes the film libraries of Universal Pictures, the 1929-49 Paramount Pictures library (owned by EMKA, Ltd.), all 1996-99 PolyGram Filmed Entertainment films (as well as PolyGram Visual Programming), USA Films, Focus Features, Universal Animation Studios, and DreamWorks Animation.
The name was changed to reflect the NBCUniversal brand between September 13, 2004, and January 31, 2011. NUTD is considered the third broadcast syndication arm of NBC, with NBC Enterprises being the second and NBC Films (now part of CBS Media Ventures) as the first, dating back to Spring 1953. NUTD is also considered the sixth broadcast syndication arm of Universal Television with MCA TV as the first, Universal Television Enterprises as the second, Studios USA Television Distribution as the third, Universal Domestic Television as the fourth, and Universal Television Distribution as the fifth.
In 1956, NBC started a subsidiary called California National Productions (CNP) for merchandising, syndication and opera stage production. The subsidiary started producing The Silent Service that year. By 1957, NBC planned to remove the opera department from CNP and Earl Rettig was named president. CNP was also in discussion with MGM Television about handling distribution for the latter's series.
Following the Financial Interest and Syndication Rules in 1971, NBC had to divest the NBC Films unit to National Telefilm Associates, while programs from NBC News continued to be distributed internationally by NBC Enterprises for $7.5 million. In 1991, NBC licensed the syndication rights of Saved by the Bell to Rysher Entertainment.
In 1993, while the Fin-Syn rules were relaxed, NBC had returned to distributing off-net syndicated reruns of their programming.
In 2001, NBC Enterprises made a deal with Hearst-Argyle Television Productions to deal with their programming alliance to produce first-run syndicated series.
NBC Universal Television Distribution was formed in 2004 from a merger between NBC Enterprises and Universal Television Distribution. In 2004, it broke their ties with MGM Television to launch a standalone distribution operation.